In anticipation of cooler weather and house guests during the upcoming holiday season, a former client contacted me and asked me to help with their guest bedroom. We worked together two years ago, designing and decorating their new home, so although the draperies and color scheme are fresh my client told me she was “sick of the old bedspread.” We all know that feeling, don’t we?
When designing a bedroom the first step is to select a color scheme. My client loves the colors we originally selected for the bedroom so we’re keeping them. We used soft feminine tones like those found in an antique cameo although creams, grays and blues are also popular.
Although I like using pillows to add color and texture to a bed, they’re not practical for everyone. I’ve streamlined our linens which include scrumptious sheets (life’s too short to sleep on low thread count sheets) layered first with a cotton blanket then a matelasse coverlet and finally a duvet folded at the end of the bed. Our dog frequently finds her way onto our bed so all our linens are machine-washable so I don’t need to worry
about pet hair or allergens. The bed skirt matches a single, oversized bolster pillow which coordinates with the colors in the duvet cover. Easy, simple and elegant.
I prefer the look of mixed (not matched) bedside tables. In our bedroom we use a desk and a two-tiered table, both antiques. Since they offer limited concealed storage I use baskets to corral things like vitamins, Kleenex and magazines. The baskets keep everything tidy and add a bit of texture.
My favorite trick for the bedroom is to use matching wall-mounted swing lamps. They take up little space and create a polished, clean look.
If you would like a fresh look to your bedroom, consider a few these simple changes: replace a throw, add a couple of new pillows or consider rotating the sheets seasonally – such as crisp white for summer and warm beige for the winter. These simple adjustments can transform a room.